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God Gets Left Behind

waiting-timeNo, I’m not talking about the series of books and movies about the rapture and apocalypse. I’m talking about saying I’m waiting on God then feeling like He’s taking too long and moving on.

I never thought that’s what I was doing. I was sick of anger, sick of lust, sick of pride, or whatever else so I decided to “press in” and get my solutions. I just needed the right strategy, or so I thought.

I could point to aspects of my life that weren’t changing fast enough. So, I gradually bought the sales pitch telling me I’d have to find something else, something miraculous and mystical I’d receive if I could only prove I cared enough. I set about gallantly propping up my world. —The Cure, by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall.

I have hated things inside me, hated sin. In reality, I hated feeling like a failure and just wanted it to be over.  I was embarrassed that I couldn’t get past things. The more I tried to speed up the process, the more God’s grace and love were in the rearview mirror.

You may have guessed that it didn’t end up so well.

I don’t know why God does a quick miracle sometimes in people with drug addiction or other such things and then won’t fix me instantly. I get one area dealt with and then there seems to be another trigger around the corner for the enemy to exploit.

I’m learning. All I can do is take things one at a time. God doesn’t get flustered by the process and neither should I. He’s faithful to walk me through it if I’ll take His hand.

Buying into the lie of the “big fix” is sort of like all those get-rich-quick schemes out there. They appeal to your greed–I want it and I want it now! I deserve all this right now! I can follow these easy steps and all my troubles will be over!

If God’s not in it, any results are fleeting. Nothing replaces grace and relationship with Him. One step at a time. One day at a time. Hand in hand, you’re moving toward complete freedom and restoration.

That’s worth the wait.

What are your thoughts? Do you ever have trouble discerning what’s you trying to speed up the process and what’s God’s leading? How do you remind yourself to slow down and trust?


cure2Welcome to week 1 of Chapter 2 discussion of The Cure (disclosure) by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. Once again, we’ll be taking 2 weeks per chapter as these are dense and thought-provoking words. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

10 Comments

  1. You have no clue how long I have asked these very same questions. “God, you helped so-and-so overcome his/her addiction/trial whatever. Why is it taking so long for me?” I have this book in my Amazon cart. Looks like I need to get it ordered.
    Bill (cycelguy) recently posted..ServantMy Profile

    • I definitely recommend it. Is it perfect? No, of course not, but I know how God is opening my eyes to certain things through it and I’m so grateful! Thank you, Bill.

  2. I’ve learned the long and hard way to trust in God’s timing, Jason, and it has been worth every step of the journey. There are now quick fixes, only “God fixes.”
    Blessings!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Our Reward is With GodMy Profile

    • So important and so true. I can usually go along with His timing until something triggers a knee-jerk response of me then trying to make something happen or further something along. I’m learning! Thanks Martha.

  3. The timing of God and ours is really a dance of surrender… we try to lead God and move the way we think is good… only to find out that we don’t really know how to dance. Surrender allows the dance to come to us and then the Father shows us how its done… that is the freedom we crave…. to move as one with His heart.

    Thanks Bro’
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..I Go to the WaterMy Profile

    • Amen. And love the analogy of a dance. I’m not a dancer, but I know it can be learned and done beautifully. If you resist, you could end up with a lot of stepped-on toes and look more than a little ridiculous. 🙂 Thank you, Jay.

  4. “You may have guessed that it didn’t end up so well.”

    That’s how I remind myself to slow down and trust God. Taking things into my own hands didn’t go so well for me either. It’s hard not to get impatient, but waiting really is the best way. Thanks Jason. Blessings!
    Deb Wolf recently posted..5 Truths to Help You Forgive the UnforgivableMy Profile

    • It’s helpful too to have people to share with, like here and personal relationships in my life. I don’t always see my impatience for what it is, but when I have to face it, it’s a good thing. Hard, but good. Thanks Deb.

  5. I’ve very guilty of trying to speed things up. All of 2013 was about me learning to wait and trust God and HIS timing. It was a frustrating year. I felt so broken and exposed. Layer by layer peeled back, showing me how much grace I needed, how much value I’d placed on myself instead of God.

    This year, I’m learning to rejoice through the pain and accept difficulties with the joy of Christ.

    What I’m learning is that God is more interested in who I am becoming than in changing my circumstances- especially if it’s just to make me “Feel better”.

    Praying for you.

    • Thank you, TC. Yeah, I feel like I’m moving past these principles of grace and freedom as mere concepts, that they are becoming part of me. It’s not the most pleasant process at times, especially in waiting when you just want to be done! But He is so good to walk us through. He picks me us up when we stumble and loves us the whole way. I’m so thankful! Thanks again, TC.

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